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The premise of the book does not follow through because even in the first few pages, the accident is not a surprise and is a result of decisions made. I expected a good character driven story along the lines of those told by Joyce Carol Oates and Jodi Picoult because tragedies affect individuals so very differently.

He is the most affected by the tragic accident, other than the actual driver, Olivia. There was a lot of drinking, and a lot of drugs.

The story begins with a wedding and this occasion is immediately followed by a death There is an artist who paints a series of painting that will never be seen by anyone but herself. She is also a painter. I thought it was utterly fantastic.

And she makes the task look graceful. Carry the One by Carol Anshaw is an unusual Novel.

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Finally, it’s enjoyable to read a novel with lesbian characters that is so well written, humorous and poignant. In the wee abshaw of the morning, several party guests — drunk, stoned and sleepy — are making their way home when there is a tragic accident. In fact, flawed characters tend to be the most interesting. Good writing alone does not make a good book, but perhaps as a more conservative Catholic plebeian I am not her target audience. Then their was a whole cast of superfluous characters.


I think a few more found it an average read. She further atones for sin by deciding not to have children.

Slightly better off are those jammed into the back seat. And that is when they hit the girl. Early on, I had high hopes for this read. Carry the One follows Nick, Alice, and Carmen over a period of 25 years, as they struggle with love, relationships, marriage, raising children, career success, political activism, and the pull of addiction. Alice, meanwhile, doesn’t see Maude again for two cary, before she reappears at Alice’s studio. May 17, The story is beautifully written, with characters that Review posted on Alexa Loves Books Even though I finished this novel last week, I found I needed a little time before I could even attempt to write a coherent review.

Anshaw captures, and blesses, her human creatures and a couple of dogs through a patient accumulation of small, attentive touches. There is an artist who paints a se Either Goodreads is going to have to add more star-giving-capabilities, or I will have to go and undo many 5 star ratings I have given, reconsidered in comparison with this book.


It is thrilling to watch them kick against the friction of their lives – not just the accident, but the more ordinary mishaps like heartbreak, disappointment, humiliation. Given these circumstances, it is unclear that what transpires in the characters’ lives is due to one tragic moment or a series of unfortunate choices. A group of friends is gathered to attend a wedding.



Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Just go read it right now. The young girl is indeed dead and it is the death of this child which is at the center of this moving and quite complicated story.

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw – review

I cannot recommend this read. It is one of only a handful of books in the past 5 years I’ve read twice just to experience the writing and nauances a second time. All except the exhausted bride and groom pile into the ne’er-do-well tuxedoed girlfriend’s “cavernous Dodge” for rides back catol motels, lodgings, etc, and, with only their fog lights on, they hit and kill a young girl. Unfortunately, they hit a young girl walking home and she is killed. Her characters and their stories are bursting with a raw honesty that is so often lacking in contemporary literature.

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

There are some interesting reviews going around about acrol book. Advertise your book correctly, I’m sure it has market. Folk singer Tom hitches along, and off they drive into the night, where they’re all too stoned, drunk or preoccupied to see year-old Casey Redman stray into the path of their car.

The end result is a novel where it appears that Anshaw is picking out the moments that we must see, the significant ones, the ones that really matter.